MANILA, Philippines—Zooming to their first win streak of the conference is the NLEX Road Warriors after they dispatched the Meralco Bolts, 89-76, in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup showing on Friday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
NLEX notched back-to-back wins after taking care of San Miguel on Saturday and gained a 3-4 win-loss card.
Niño Canaleta hit the dagger three from the left corner with 43.5 remaining to put the Road Warriors up 82-74.
Meralco came to as close as 75-72 with 3:30 remaining with Josh Davis driving to the hole for a layup.
Davis, however, got thrown out with 2:46 left in the fourth after committing his sixth foul.
NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez said their defense was the one thing that fueled them to victory and pestering Davis helped.
“Our defense stepped up, the players started to grasp the defensive system,” Fernandez said. “This win wouldn’t be a reality without the players playing well.”
“Our game plan is to stop Davis. We collapsed on him on defense and attacked him to get him on foul trouble.”...
MANILA, Philippines—Easily the biggest surprises of the tournament so far along with Kia, Meralco and Barako Bull hope to sustain their impressive runs when they square off with separate rivals Friday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But the pacesetting Bolts could miss hard-working import Josh Davis as they shoot for their sixth win in seven games against the NLEX Road Warriors at 7 tonight.
Davis, who is averaging 20 points and 17 rebounds through six games, is listed as day-to-day after suffering a severe muscle contusion. The 6-foot-8 import fell hard on the floor in the second quarter of a blowout loss to San Miguel Beer in a PBA Petron Special road game in Cagayan de Oro last Saturday and did not return....
“You can’t replace a good import like Josh Davis,” Black told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.
“We’re gonna play him tomorrow (Friday).”...
MANILA, Philippines—Asia’s longest professional sports league is about to undergo a major change.
For more than 40 years that the Philippine Basketball Association has existed, it has kept the same structure: a commissioner at the top working closely with the Board of Governors.
But everything is about to change....
MANILA, Philippines – Will the next PBA commissioner be a lawyer, a management guru, a marketing expert, a sportsman or a personality with a variety of expertise?
This will be known Thursday as the PBA board of governors convenes in another special meeting to draft the criteria and guidelines in the search for the man that will succeed outgoing PBA commissioner Chito Salud.
One thing that the board has already agreed upon is naming the new commissioner on or before the end of the current PBA Commissioner’s Cup so that he can undergo training under Salud during the season-ending Governors Cup....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||2||0.714|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|